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Soldier Saved Lives By Throwing Away Grenade
Sky News ^ | 03/23/2012 | Sky News

Posted on 03/23/2012 3:36:08 PM PDT by EnglishCon

A British soldier who picked up and threw away a live grenade before it could kill him and his men is among 131 members of the Armed Forces whose heroics are being officially honoured.

Serjeant Deacon Cutterham was wading through an irrigation ditch knee-deep in water on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when the grenade came flying over a high wall to one side and landed in front of him.

He reached down to grab it and "posted" the grenade into a parallel irrigation channel to get it out of his hand as quickly as possible.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; goodnews; grenade; honors; lives; military; saved; soldier; throwing; unitedkingdom; waronterror
Video at link and well worth watching.

Just a reminder to my American FRiends that you are not alone in Afghanistan.

1 posted on 03/23/2012 3:36:15 PM PDT by EnglishCon
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To: EnglishCon

Thank You For Sharing that, and may God Bless you and your nation.


2 posted on 03/23/2012 3:38:10 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: left that other site

It was just on the news now, so I hunted it out to share. Something to be proud of for once.
Those men and women are the UK - not the rioters and entitled snots.


3 posted on 03/23/2012 3:40:58 PM PDT by EnglishCon (Gingrich/Santorum 2012.)
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To: EnglishCon

Thanks for posting. Most of us know who our true friends are.


4 posted on 03/23/2012 3:45:00 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: EnglishCon

My area is having a bunch of “Protests” right now which could very easily turn into “riots” I live in S. Florida, where the victim of a racially charged killing used to live and go to school.

So I know in my heart that there are good people in the UK too, who struggle to maintain their high moral values and ideals in the face of a deteriorating society. It’s the same here in the USA. But the media usually reports only the BAD stuff.


5 posted on 03/23/2012 3:45:39 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: EnglishCon

Thanks to you from one of the Yanks! ; )


6 posted on 03/23/2012 3:49:53 PM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: left that other site

Funny you should say that - the Trayvon story was the lead story tonight. Took the first 5 minutes of the 10 o’clock news, which is still hugely influential over here. Heck, we still get most of our news from newspapers!

Stay safe. Having dealt with riots first hand, they spiral out of control fast. All it takes is a spark.


7 posted on 03/23/2012 3:51:11 PM PDT by EnglishCon (Gingrich/Santorum 2012.)
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To: EnglishCon

Thanks for posting this, FRiend. Like you said, the video is well worth watching.


8 posted on 03/23/2012 3:53:22 PM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: EnglishCon

Guy says he’s comfortable around grenades.

LOL

I’m comfortable around horseshoes...


9 posted on 03/23/2012 3:53:30 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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Guy says he’s comfortable around grenades.

LOL

I’m comfortable around horseshoes...


10 posted on 03/23/2012 3:54:23 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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That is some SERIOUS reflexes! WOW!


11 posted on 03/23/2012 3:58:19 PM PDT by Glenmore
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Great story! It sounds like this gentleman deserves a medal and a promotion :)


12 posted on 03/23/2012 4:13:08 PM PDT by NMCicero
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And combine the reflexes with the initial decision of 1) run and grab and toss the grenade (grenade under the water in the ditch?!); 2) run and fall on the grenade, or 3) run away from the grenade. A brave man!

Later in the article another story:

Corporal Carl Taylor has also been awarded a Military Cross for his bravery during the incident in March last year, when he ran across open ground to rescue children caught up in a firefight.

Three boys aged between three and seven were trapped between the two sides, crouching to avoid sustained gunfire coming from the nearby bushes, he said.

He ordered his troops to cover him and decided to make a dash for it.

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He said in the article “no one wants to see little kids hurt”. Although I imagine the Taliban didn’t care when they started the ambush, and perhaps even used the little boys as a diversion.


13 posted on 03/23/2012 4:15:43 PM PDT by 21twelve
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Good to see, thanks for posting!!
Mentioned in dispatches: At one time that would have been an MC.(see video)
14 posted on 03/23/2012 4:19:58 PM PDT by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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Heck, we still get most of our news from newspapers!

We get way too much of our significant news from your online newspapers!

15 posted on 03/23/2012 4:26:15 PM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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Indeed.
The Media is a tool of the left here. The only reliable way to gather news is to pour over the Internet or listen to Conservative Talk Radio.


16 posted on 03/23/2012 4:35:03 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: EnglishCon

I was associated with our military and the UK military for 40 years Thank God. not politicians who in my book are not worthy to lick the mud off the boots of the guys I served with. OIF vet


17 posted on 03/23/2012 5:02:42 PM PDT by jesseam
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Aye, I had a fair few years working with US forces - Marines, Army, SOF and Air Force. Shared bases at times, friendly bar fights, joint ops, the works. Never Navy for some reason, but friends of mine in the Royal Navy were full of praise for their counterparts.

To me, those people are the ideal of America. Most of them, including the Marine I wound up in a battle royale with one night, are still close friends.


18 posted on 03/23/2012 5:10:43 PM PDT by EnglishCon (Gingrich/Santorum 2012.)
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No kidding!


19 posted on 03/23/2012 5:11:17 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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I have a son in law who is stationed at RAF Waddington as a USAF exchange officer. Cheers.


20 posted on 03/23/2012 5:22:24 PM PDT by jesseam
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To: EnglishCon

It is uncomfortably rare that we hear of acts of heroism by our or our allies. Usually, if we hear their names, it means that they either been killed or have been accused of something. We need to hear more about the heroes.


21 posted on 03/23/2012 5:52:11 PM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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He reached down to grab it and "posted" the grenade into a parallel irrigation channel to get it out of his hand as quickly as possible.

My softball team could use a good second baseman like him......The key to completing doubleplays is the quick release.....Of course I don't recommend practicing with a live grenade.

22 posted on 03/26/2012 6:11:39 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (No matter what you post here, someone's going to get pissed off......)
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